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22 August

Today we travelled through Kakadu. Lorraine and Bruce went on a early morning boat trip to look at the birds and crocs so Mark and I left at 7.45 arranging to meet up whenever possible.

I was expecting to see tropical rainforest type trees and vegetation but I was surprised to see a variety of eucalyptus and palm trees. As we were driving along I started to consider why there weren’t more tropical type plants and I suddenly thought that the area must have been logged at some point and I am aware that delicate tropical vegetation does not grow back again as it was. The area becomes drier etc. When we had our first oil check stop a Kakadu Ranger stopped to photograph the car. He gave us considerable information about the trees and vegetation and when I asked him if the area had been logged he replied that it had but years ago but without expert knowledge I came to the conclusion that this was the reason. Please correct me if I am wrong. I’m only an amateur!!

We arrived at our destination at 2.30. I’m glad because the temp. now is in the 30’s. Not complaining but my face is looking somewhat like parchment even though I’m wearing 50+ sun block.

AND the Oldsmobile? Absolutely wonderful. She has been running a bit hot at times on the longer climbes but she arrived all intact.

3 Responses to “22 August”

  1. Liz Griffin says:

    Here’s to you all arriving intact! Not long to go now – have really enjoyed sharing the ride with you.

  2. John and Maggie Lake says:

    We are glad that the Olds is running fine. It would be nice if they made cars today that would be a good as your 1904.
    Just to let you know that the temp here in Ormond Beach, Florida,USA has been in the 90’s for a week now. good time to take a ride on the beach like you did last year.
    Take care, God Bles you and your team.
    John and Maggie Lake

  3. Rob MacDonald says:

    Sounds like a great trip, look forward to hearing about it when you get back.

    Rob & Gail.

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